Well, I have to admit that I was a little proud of myself after a spent a few hours in front of the computer Sunday (before the Colts game). I did several things that will make Being Cancer Network much easier to navigate. The week before I had been analyzing various statistics. They showed what I already knew – that the Cancer Blog pages were the most visited, most useful of all the features of the site.
So after we had passed 60,000 visits this past week, the time felt right for, once again, altering and improving both the design and the focus of the website. I learned how to make parent and child hierarchies in the blog’s static pages. So now this cleaned up the menu under the header. In addition to “Home” there are now only four basic sections top the blog: “About”,”Cancer Blog Lists”, “Resources”, and “Community”.
Then I redesigned the “Cancer Blogs” feature so that users would not have to do much scrolling to locate the personal cancer blogs they are interesting in. Most major cancers now have their own page. A few cancers with smaller numbers of bloggers share a page. This should make it easier for me to maintain and for readers to use. As we are approaching 1000 personal cancer blogs on our lists, the pages were becoming unwieldy for all. I am now going to put major efforts into expanding that list. And again I want to put out the call to all the cancer community to PLEASE LET ME KNOW OF ANY BLOGS NOT LISTED. Sorry for shouting.
The new “Community” section is an idea I want to develop more. It is oriented around the concept of helping cancer bloggers to grow and develop, not only as survivors, but also as interpreters of the cancer experience. Any suggestions are welcomed.
Finally I dropped the Amazon ads after netting only $3.94 over the past year. The “Features” menu on the left in now a “Site Map” so readers can more easily be directed to the exact page they are looking for.
All in all, it seems that since “Being Cancer”, the blog, has steadily evolved into Being Cancer Network, the website. The thematic focus has turned from personal sharing to a service offering blogging resources to the cancer community. I hope you approve of the changes.
Take care, Dennis